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Oct 22, 2021

Highlights Day Six: IEEE NSS-MIC RTSD 2021

- By York Haemisch

Dr York Haemisch, our Director Medical and Research Markets, reports from this year’s virtual IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference and 28th International Symposium on Room-Temperature Semiconductor Detectors.

Today, nearly 200 posters were presented in the two poster sessions for the MIC strand. I will probably be busy scanning the contents well after the conference has closed. One item that caught my attention was presented by Brent Buddon & his colleagues from Canon Medical Research, USA, which introduced a method for evaluating photon counting ASICs using a special form of neuronal network. Certainly something my colleagues in R&D will be interested in.

MIC presentations continued with the student paper competition awards and the high resolution imaging systems session. I have to confess, my professional history in pre-clinical imaging probably inclines me towards today’s highlight, a talk by Francisco Eduardo Enríquez-Mier-y-Terán, of Sydney University about a so-called open field, mouse brain PET. This remarkable system makes it possible to perform behavioural studies on unanesthetised animals by tracking them with a sophisticated motion system that ensures the PET detectors are kept around the brain of the moving animal. Really cool!

Behavioural and brain research has been limited by the need to sedate the animals used in experiments but this system could prove revolutionary.

The two sessions from the RTSD strand, once again offered rich information about research on new detector materials, in particular organic perovskites. For her extensive work in this field, Professor Beatrice Fraboni, from the University of Bologna, received the RTSD scientist award.

For now, I need a rest from the wealth of information provided today, but I will be back for more tomorrow!